Kelly Croy is the Director of Innovation and Instruction at Port Clinton City School District in Port Clinton, Ohio.

Kelly Croy, Host of The Wired Educator Podcast, author of Along Came a Leader, Apple Distinguished Educator

He proudly taught 7th Grade English at Oak Harbor Middle School in Ohio for 26 years. He has led many exciting initiatives in education including a self-contained, progressive Challenge Based Learning Studio, a computer and robotics club using the Swift Coding Language, and led his students to become published authors of digital books. Kelly has led classroom, building and district initiatives in technology, instruction, culture and leadership.

Kelly believes “Everyone Can Create, and everyone should.” Creating with technology demonstrates our highest evidence of learning. Creating what never existed before is the rigor and relevance we seek in education, and it exemplifies all depths of knowledge. It is synthesizing, and it is FUN.

Kelly hosts the popular Wired Educator Podcast where he interviews amazing educators & educational authors from around the world and shares their stories to help teachers level-up and make a difference in the lives of students.

Kelly is the author of the nonfiction books: Along Came a Leader: A Personal & Professional Guide to Leadership, and What Everyone Needs to Know About Bullying: How to Get on with your Life When a Bully Steps Into It.

Kelly speaks at schools and educational conferences throughout the year.

Kelly was recognized by the Apple Distinguished Educator Program and serves on the Apple Distinguished Educator Board for the Americas. He was recognized by Google, as a Google Certified Innovator, and by PBS as a PBS Digital Innovator.

What is a WIRED Educator?

It’s not just about technology; being a Wired Educator is about passion, energy, enthusiasm and networking with other educators.

Wired Educators are: leaders, life-long learners, speakers, writers, collaborators, and the go-to voices in education working passionately to make a difference in the lives of students and colleagues.

Wired Educators are learning, applying, and creating the best practices in instruction and leadership.


“Would You Want to Be a Student in Your Classroom?” is my driving question, and I believe “Every Student is One Educator Away from Becoming a Success Story.”